PH621: Classical Mechanics
This is an advance course in Classical Mechanics that has long been part of our graduate physics curriculum.
It is intended for first year graduate students in Physics, and serves as the foundation for the various branches of modern physics.
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Besides important announcements,
in this page you will find links to:
- the syllabus,
- the homework,
- exam dates,
- the books, and
- where/when to find me.
It is mandatory to read the syllabus.
Here's the current
PDF file (115 KB, 13 pages).
The current version is from August 12, 2010.
- Homework #1 is due on September 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM.
(PDF file, 197 KB, 6 problems.)
A useful list of integrals containing the square root of ax2+bx+c
can be found here.
- Homework #2 is due on September 22, 2010 at 9:00 AM.
(PDF file, 76 KB, 9 problems.)
- Homework #3 is due on September 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM.
(PDF file, 61 KB, 4 problems.)
Solutions (Don't get used to this, because it won't happen very often!)
- Homework #4 is due on October 15, 2010 before 5:00 PM (at the physics front office).
(PDF file, 58 KB, 2 problems, or 7 depending how you count...)
- Homework #5 is due on Monday November 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM.
(PDF file, 72 KB, 4 problems.)
- Homework #6 is due on Friday November 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM.
(PDF file, 68 KB, 4 problems.)
- Homework #7 is due on Friday November 19, 2010 at 5:00 PM.
(PDF file, 83 KB, 5 problems.)
- Alternative Homework: this set of problems is for you to practice for midterm 3. It will not be graded, so you do not have to turn it in.
(PDF file, 66 KB, 4 problems.)
- Homework #8 is due on Friday December 10, 2010 at 5:00 PM.
(PDF file, 76 KB, 10 problems.)
Clarifying figures for problems 5 and 6.
Midterm 1: Friday October 1, 2010 in class; i.e., from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Eng B2.
Wednesday November 3, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Eng B2.
Wednesday December 1, 2010, from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Eng B2.
Tuesday December 14, 2010, from 4 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Eng D102.
to the final exam.
“Mechanics,” by L. D. Landau, and E. M. Lifshitz
This is a gorgeous, concise and elegant summary of the course in 150 content packed pages.
Landau is one of the most important physicists of the 20th century and this is the first volume in a series of ten,
considered by him to be the “theoretical minimum” amount of knowledge required to embark on research in physics.
Side note: In 30 years, only 43 people passed Landau’s exam!
You can find it in the CSU Bookstore (or in Amazon).
The following text books were also used in preparing this course:
“Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics,” by V. I. Arnold
Arnold presents a more modern mathematical approach to the topics of this course,
making connections with the differential geometry of manifolds and forms.
“Elements of Hamiltonian mechanics,” by D. ter Haar
This book emphasizes the basic principles, and aims to progress rapidly to the point of being able to handle physically and
mathematically interesting problems, without getting bogged down in excessive formalism.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except during class and when abroad...)
||Miguel Alejandro Mostafá
Department of Physics
Colorado State University
1875 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1875
+1 (970) 491-5680